Fugue

By Peter Pereira b. 1959 Peter Pereira
this is just to say I saw the icebox and wheels
rumbling through the figure 5
I saw the white chickens
in the dark city glazed with rain
I saw the figure 5 in the white chickens
the plums that were in gold on a red wheel barrow
the plums that you were probably
saving among the rain water
I have eaten the dark city so sweet
the plums that were so sweet
this is just to say I have eaten the figure 5
in the plums that so much depends
that were in gold on a red firetruck

Peter Pereira, "Fugue" from What's Written on the Body (Copper Canyon Press, 2007).www.coppercanyonpress.org

Source: What's Written on the Body (Copper Canyon Press, 2005)

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Poet Peter Pereira b. 1959

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Subjects Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets, Humor & Satire

Biography

Peter Pereira is a physician, a poet, and the founder of Floating Bridge Press. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Poetry, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and several anthologies, including Best American Poetry and To Come to Light: Perspectives on Chronic Illness in Modern Literature. He has received the “Discovery”/The Nation and Hayden Carruth prizes, and has been a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award.
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SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets, Humor & Satire

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

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